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Measles test negative for Sacramento County man

People who have not been vaccinated for measles are at risk of catching the disease.
People who have not been vaccinated for measles are at risk of catching the disease. Associated Press file

Measles tests performed on a Sacramento County man came back negative, public health officials announced Friday.

The patient was being treated at an unspecified Placer County hospital.

“This is a highly contagious disease that knows no political boundaries,” said Dr. Robert Oldham, Placer County’s public health officer, in a written statement. “We live in an area where people live in Placer County but work in Sacramento County ... This is a regional issue that we are working together closely on to educate the public about the risks and the best prevention.”

The results follow another suspected measles case that arose at an Elk Grove pediatric clinic earlier this week. Those results also came back negative.

The California Department of Public Health has reported 79 measles infections in the state, 52 of which were linked to an outbreak at Disneyland Park in Anaheim.

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